National Nude Day, aka International Nude Day since it went global, originated in New Zealand when former rugby star and TV celebrity Marc Ellis dared people to streak in front of Prime Minister Helen Clark.
The term, streaking was first popularized by a reporter for a local Washington, D.C. news station in 1973, Wikipedia informs, ”…as he watched a mass nude run taking place at the University of Maryland. That nude run had 533 participants. As the collected mass of nude students exited Bel Air dorm, the reporter, whose voice was broadcast live over the station via a pay phone connection exclaimed… ‘They are streaking past me right now. It’s an incredible sight!’ The next day it was out on the Associated Press wire as ‘streaking’ and had nationwide coverage.“
So, if you missed World Naked Gardening Day (May 14), World Naked Bike Ride Day (June 11) or World Naturist Day (June 19) there’s still a chance to “officially” streak for relief from the summer heat!
On Saturday, July 14, 2012 the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) will honor the art of body painting and the body as a living canvas as part of their 37th Annual Nude Recreation Week celebrations (July 9-15) at participating member parties, clubs, resorts and officially designated nude beaches across North America.
Think this is a flash in the pan fad? Think again. Body painting with clay and other natural pigments existed in tribal cultures for millennia and still survives in this ancient form among the indigenous people of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Islands and parts of Africa. In fact scholars believe body painting actually predates the first cave paintings by tens or possibly hundred of thousands of the years.
More recently however, since the 1960s, body painting has enjoyed a revival, or Renaissance of sorts throughout Western Society. Remember the Demi Moore Vanity Fair cover of August 1992, multiple Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues featuring models in spray paint bikinis or the Super Bowl XLVI GoDaddy commercial?